Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year! 

Whenever I join in the chorus of Auld Lang Syne, I feel a debt of gratitude to Robert Burns, who penned the words in 1788.  In a letter to the Scots Musical Museum, Robert Burns indicated Auld Lang Syne was an ancient song that had never been put to paper.  Auld Lang Syne, or days gone by is a reminder to celebrate and remember times past, even as we look forward to a new day.

Auld Lang Syne has greeted many New Years through the centuries. Friendship, camaraderie, compassion and hope come together. “And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!”  We are not alone but share our time with others. Whatever life has in store, friendship will see us through even the most difficult time.

Welcome 2019!

1820, monographic.
Published by G. Graupner and sold for him by John Ashton. No. 197 Washington Street,, [Between 1820 and 1825].

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne*?

CHORUS:

For auld lang syne, my jo, 
for auld lang syne, 
we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, 
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup!
and surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We twa hae run about the braes,
and pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin’ auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin’ auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

For auld langsyne, my jo, 
for auld lang syne, 
we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, 
for auld lang syne.

6 Comments

  1. Ms Frances

    Yes, welcome 2019 and all the adventures to come! Thank you for sharing what looks like an old piece of paper with the music and the words of the poem set to music. A treasure. Thank you for sharing. Wishing you blessings from our Heavenly Father on this new year. Sending love.

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    1. Clanmother

      Happy New Year!! This music score came from the Library of Congress. I am fascinated by the archiving process and those who chose this profession. It is detailed and painstaking work that must somehow move through the various technologies of the time to be available to the next generation. In the coming year, I will be exploring how archives influence our lives and how we can use the knowledge from the past to give meaning to our time. It is easy to forget that we are living history in the present – how will it be recorded and preserved? What story will be told?

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  2. Liz

    I am crossing my hands in friendship with yours across the airwaves – “slàinte mhath agus sonas dhuibh uile!” – good health and happiness to you all! (with grateful thanks to a Scottish gaelic-speaking friend!!). xxx

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    1. Clanmother

      Oh, I do love the sound of Gaelic. A couple of years ago, I attended a virtual course on Gaelic. There were about 10 participants that would converse over an on-line classroom. We would take turns saying phrases. One student in particular was adept at the pronunciation so we all wanted him to go first. Our professor was a 25 year old brilliant young woman – her patience was remarkable. An unforgettable experience! I am delighted that we are entering 2019 together and will be sharing many “unforgettable” moments. Special thanks to your Gaelic-speaking friend!!

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  3. Gallivanta

    ‘We are not alone but share our time with others. Whatever life has in store, friendship will see us through even the most difficult time.’ So true, and the truth in auld lang syne is surely why it remains so popular all over the world.

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    1. Clanmother

      I LOVE the video – what a celebration. I agree -the popularity of this song is held in the universal message of friendship. I am delighted that we are entering 2019 together, my dear friend. Hugs coming your way.

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